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Shalach Manot for Purim

Fulfill the mitzvah of sending Shalach Manot (Purim treats) to CBE friends and family.

Rabbi Mina teaches “According to the Book of Esther there are only four mitzvot associated with the holiday of Purim: listening to the Megillah, enjoying a festive meal, the giving of gifts to the poor, and the sending of gifts – especially gifts of food – to friends and family. The mitzvah of sending gifts of food is known as shalach manot or mishloach manot. Long before Hanukkah was the Jewish holiday of gifts, Purim was the holiday of Jewish gift giving. Today the giving and receiving of shalach manot is still a treasured tradition amongst the Jewish people. Moreover, here at Congregation Beth Emeth, it is a tradition, which offers the opportunity to send a gift to friends and family, as well as to raise money for our beloved Beth Emeth.”

Share the tradition of sending shalach manot to Beth Emeth friends and family. It’s simple: tell us who is on your list to receive a reusable bag filled with Hamantashen and other goodies, and we take care of the rest.

Here’s How it Works

Cost: Only $18 for the first bag, $2 for each bag thereafter, or $360 to send to the entire congregation. 

  • Reciprocity Option: First you must send one gift bag at full price of $18. Then, if you check the Reciprocity Option, we will automatically add your name to anyone not on your list who sends you a bag. We will bill you $3 for each reciprocal gift bag that has your name attached.

All congregant and BEECC families, and staff members will receive ONE bag. It will include Hamantashen and treats in a reusable bag, and a Scroll with a list of names of everyone who sent you shalach manot. This is a wonderful gift to give your Beth Emeth family, friends, neighbors, and family near and far. 

Send to someone not on the Beth Emeth list: You can order shalach manot for someone who is not on the list at a cost of $18 per bag. You are responsible for picking up the bag from CBE no later than February 25th (see pick up times below) and delivering it (or mailing it), personally. This is a great way to send Purim greetings to all your friends 

Order Deadline: February 14 

All orders must be placed by Sunday, February 14, 2021.

Picking Up Your Bag 

You can pick up your bag at Beth Emeth (safely, contact-free):

  1. Sunday 2/21, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
  2. Tuesday 2/23, Wednesday 2/24, and Thursday, 2/25 from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
  3. Tuesday 2/23 and Wednesday 2/24, from 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
  4. BEECC in-person families: shalach manot will be sent home with your children

* Please note - we will deliver bags to the elderly or sick who cannot arrange to pick them up. Following Purim, any congregants that did not pick up their gift bags will receive their Scrolls in the mail. 

How to Order (Deadline February 14!)

A list of Beth Emeth congregants, BEECC families and staff is on the Purim Project ordering website ready for your to select from (or if you are ordering by snail mail, you may request the list from

  • Online: Ordering online gives you the option to include a free personal greeting to each recipient. All online orders will be billed to your Beth Emeth account or payable by check.
  • Snail Mail: Request the list of congregants, BEECC families and staff from and check off those you want to send Shalach Manot to. Then, send or bring your list with payment to Congregation Beth Emeth, 12523 Lawyers Road, Herndon, VA 20171, ATTN: Shalach Manot. NOTE: your order must ARRIVE at CBE by February 14!


Questions? Contact Ellyn Hirsch at, or Ava Epstein at 

Fri, January 15 2021 2 Shevat 5781